Category Archives: printing

‘Ampersands’ wood type print by New North Press

Our friends over at  New North Press, Richard Ardagh and Graham Bignell, have created a new letterpress print from a range of wood type ampersands. The damped paper was blind embossed revealing the shapes of the type blocks themselves, then it was flipped and printed with a clear varnish showing the mirror image of their […]

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami – Limited Edition

After being sworn to secrecy over the past few months, we can finally reveal a rather special book project that we have been working on – a limited edition of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84. We letterpress printed the covers onto Somerset Velvet Newsprint 280gsm card stock and the book edges were printed at our studio using […]

The Occasional Print Club – 5th meeting

The fifth meeting of the  Occasional Print Club took place in late July at  The Whittington Press and this time the four existing members (Jonathan Kielty,  Justin Knopp,  Pat Randle and  Ross Shaw) were joined by Swiss graphic designer & letterpress printmaker  Dafi Kühne. During the weekend meeting a 75 copy edition of a six […]

World’s Largest Printing Type?

Brooklyn-based typographer  Nick Sherman has just created what he believes to be the world’s largest printing type. Standing at 576 lines pica (8 feet) tall, I’m inclined to agree! Nick designed, produced, and printed these wooden letters for the Wood Type Evolved exhibition at Columbia College Chicago. More images showing the process employed to create […]

New North Press – Wilton’s 150th Anniversary poster

Richard Ardagh of Elephants Graveyard directed me to this delightful short movie showing him printing – ably assisted by Graham Bignell of New North Press – some letterpress posters, on an Albion Press. This poster, to commemorate the 150th Aniversary of Wilton’s Music Hall, is available for purchase along with other letterpress printed items via […]

Grafica Fildalga – Letterpress printers in São Paulo, Brazil

Widely shared on Twitter, this movie is just too wonderful not to feature on my Blog. Filmed by Cool Hunting Video, it shows Grafica Fidalga, a trio of letterpress printers in São Paulo, Brazil, who print wood type posters on a 1929 German cylinder printing press.

Educational printing workshops in the home of Gutenberg

Since the foundation of the Druckladen des Gutenberg Museums (Printing Workshop of the Gutenberg Museum) in 1990, the city of Mainz has hosted educational letterpress and printmaking workshops for visitors and children of school age and upwards. I visited the Druckladen some ten years ago and found its’ workshop occupying two floors and very well […]

The Letterpress Exchange Group

The Letterpress Exchange Group was formed around 1992 by Claire Bolton of The Alembic Press as a forum that was exclusively letterpress, and small enough to make the task of printing not too onerous. Membership is strictly limited to twenty-five members and operates a policy that if one does not contribute, one does not receive […]

Letterpress work from JMG on Le Cool

I was delighted this morning to happen upon a wonderfully creative piece of letterpress work, by Ross Shaw and Jon Kielty of JMG, on the cover of the current edition of Le Cool. Ross, Jon and myself collaborate under the guise of The Occasional Print Club, along with Pat Randle, producing experimental letterpress work in […]

Make-ready and overlaying on letterpress cylinder presses

I have been extremely fortunate to receive a day’s tuition from Phil Abel at Hand & Eye Letterpress, in the fine art of ‘make-ready’ and ‘overlaying’ on the letterpress cylinder press. After mentioning to Phil that I hope to achieve high-quality work on my Wharfedale press, once it is restored to working order, he kindly […]